A mentor of mine once said that all people have two basic desires. One is to be approved and accepted. The second is to have a purpose that is bigger than ourselves, some way to contribute to the world. When these two things come together, we function well.
When we are at our best, we know who we are and where we fit in. We are doing what we are called to do and using our gifts and talents in a cause that has meaning. We are 100% alive.
Abraham Maslow, the psychologist who proposed the hierarchy of needs theory calls this the desire to ‘become more and more what one is, to become everything that one is capable of becoming’. Unfortunately, according to Maslow, very few people seem to live this sort of life. My own gut impression is that fewer people I meet are ‘bright, alert, responsive’ and more and more are ‘just getting by’. The happiness studies would support this.
I’ve always wondered what makes people tick. I’m curious about the ‘whys’ and the ‘hows’ of life. As the new year comes around, it is always a good time to ponder life. To think about purpose. So, I thought I’d delve in on an intentional and frequent basis to see what allows some individuals and those around them to thrive. And hopefully identify tips that we can apply to our own lives.